2013 PEN Open Book Award
Gun Dealers’ Daughter wins the 2013 PEN Open Book Award!
You will read Gun Dealers’ Daughter wondering where Gina Apostol novels have been all these years (in the Philippines, it turns out). You will feel sure (and you will be correct) that you have discovered a great fiction writer in the midst of making literary history.... Through this novel we see how fiction can scrape out a future, demand a re-look at the past—it is a reckoning kind of book.
What she failed to realize is that, when it comes to the personal and the political, in the final analysis there is only the political, and the idea of a separate private life is a dangerous illusion.
‘The novel is like a revolt happening in real time, with the end game hoped for but not known.’